First I want to say thank you to Jack Bass – his summary’s that he posts faithfully have allowed me to focus more on the applications. We make a great team Jack! Thanks for your support!!! If you are not reading the comments each day, you are missing out; for sure.
In today’s reading I was struck by two things – the first being how often we are like Naaman. Naaman was the man who sought healing for his leprosy. When Elisha, the prophet, told Naaman what he needed to do, Naaman got angry at Elisha and decided to chuck the whole idea as nonsense. It was his family who spoke sense to him.
I can only speak for me, but, how often in my life have I missed out on a blessing or a healing because I expected it to come another way? Or, how many times have I missed out on a blessing, because the road I was to take seemed to easy, “surely this was not from God, but my own thinking.” I suspect when I get to heaven, I may very well be surprised at just how many times I missed out because of my own wrong thinking.
The second thing I noticed is Ben-Hadad, the king of Aram, questioned the power of the Lord. (7:2) He questioned and doubted that God could bring an end to the famine in the land. The famine was so great, and had gone on for so long, that people were sacrificing their own children for food. The famine had lasted so long that Ben-Hadad had lost all hope. As a result of his lack of faith, Elisha tells him, he will see what Elisha has foretold, an end to the famine, but that he, Ben-Hadad, will not eat any of the food. And of course if you have read the passage you realize that the words of Elisha are true and the famine has come to a close – but on that day the king dies and does not eat any of the food that is now available and affordable.
Have there been times in your own life when something has been going on for so long that you doubt that the end will ever happen. Have you ever lost hope? I know I have! Those times are so hard, and it is extremely hard when you can’t help but wonder where God is in all of it. But, that is precisely the time when we must hang on to our faith and trust that God, while we cannot see it, is busy working it all out.
Until next time – Be encouraged
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